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Old Bend-Redmond Hwy Fire

Bend Fire and Rescue

Roadside fire caught small, carries big message

A small fire, sparked in an unusual way, was stopped fast along the Old Bend-Redmond Highway on Monday, prompting fire officials to remind residents that despite recent rain from thunderstorms, the grass is dry and the heat is back, keeping the wildfire threat very high.

Special Report Fires not all bad

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

4-H brothers prep pigs for fair

4-H kids prepare for Deschutes Co. Fair

There’s a great way to enjoy the 2014 Deschutes County Fair and help NeighborImpact feed thousands of families in Central Oregon.

State overpays Bend man

Bend man told: Return extra state jobless pay

Tyler Smith has a job, recently graduated school, and was recently receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Oregon -- that is, until he got a phone call saying they made a mistake, and he owes them money.

Fox Fire Ochoco Complex

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Ochoco Complex update: Still nearly 500 on lines

The 2-week-old, over 10,000-acre Ochoco Complex of fires on the Ochoco National Forest was nearly 90 percent contained by Monday, with almost 500 firefighters still on the lines.

Bridge 99 incident meteorologist gathering data

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Bridge 99 update: Hatchery, campgrounds reopen

Several campgrounds and the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery have reopened to the public as crews continue to make solid progress on the 2-week-old, nearly 5,700-acre Bridge 99 Complex of fires 18 miles northwest of Sisters, officials said Monday.

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Bend natural gas line replacement work continues

Cascade Natural Gas Company is full into Phase III of the Bend Gas Line Replacement Project.  For the next few weeks, pipeline replacement crews will be working on SE Second Street, between Scott and Wilson.

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Bend UGB plan meetings scheduled

As Bend works to revise its urban growth boundary plan, technical advisory committees are getting to work, and a public drop-in meeting planned Aug. 5.

Forest service chief visits High Desert

Forest Service chief visits High Desert

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell came to the High Desert on Saturday to meet with firefighting crews and others  due to the lightning-caused fires that broke out over the past several days.

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Jefferson County Jail

Plea deal due in ex-Madras HS coach abuse case

As one former Madras High School coach accused of abuse pleaded not guilty Friday, word came that another, similar case is about to end in a plea agreement and sentencing next month.

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